Lucia Ann Bender

March 4, 1928 - September 11, 2014
Lucia Ann Bender

Lucia Ann Bender, 86, formerly of Raleigh , NC passed away peacefully Thursday, September 11, 2014. Born in Spartanburg, SC, she was the daughter of the late Amelia Mikel Seaman Hodge and Joseph Seaman.

Lucia attended Winthrop College and was an administrative assistant in the NC Legislature and the NC ABC Commission for many years as well as the owner of Lucia’s Fruit Baskets in Raleigh, NC.

She was proceeded in death by her first husband, and the father of her seven children, Ben Sloan; second husband Norman Bender; brothers Anthony Seaman, Joseph Seaman, Ed Seaman; sisters Edna Seaman, Josephine Underwood, Mary Farrell and Rose Brown.

Lucia is survived by her children Ben Sloan and wife Sherry, Joe Sloan and Trudy Mullins, Deborah Sholes, LuAnne Adams and husband Bill, Pat Hodge and husband Ish, David Sloan and wife Donna, and Greg Sloan and wife Ella.

Lucia also had five grandchildren Kasey Wilder, Kendall Mulcahy, Justin Adams, Madison Sloan and Emery Sloan and two great grandchildren Jordan Adams and Mason Mulcahy.

The service will be Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00am at Raleigh Memorial Park at 7501 Glenwood Avenue, 27612. Phone (919)787-2766.

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  • September 15, 2014
    Dianne says:
    Aunt Lucia, I know you are visiting with all your brothers & sisters right about now. Give my Mom a big hug for me. I know that you are at peace now. My husband always said that I looked like you and what a complement that was. You were a great Aunt and I always enjoyed being with you. That amazing smile. God Bless.

  • October 03, 2014
    Donna Sloan says:
    Lucia will be missed by all who knew her. She was one of the classiest women I have ever met. She loved to do and buy things for her family. She was the super glue that held her family together. She insisted that we share every holiday together as a family and I don't remember her ever missing any important family events or birthday parties. She loved having her family together and it was so much fun to go to her house and see everyone, eat her delicious meals and sit at the beautifully set table laughing and reminiscing about old times. I was blessed that she loved me and treated me like a daughter. I loved her and will miss her dearly.

  • September 15, 2014
    Ella Sloan says:
    The first time I met Lucia I thought she had a great sense of humor. She had a beautiful smile and kept me laughing with the crazy things she would say. I will always remember the fun times we had when I was caring for her. She could give me a look if I said or did something she didn't like but she could also say something really sweet when she knew I needed to hear it. I will always love Lucia and I know her wish to be with GOD was finally granted. May you rest in peace and finally reunite with your Mother and Father and brothers and sisters. Until we meet again Love you.

  • September 11, 2014
    David Sloan says:
    I love you mom, I know you are eating doughnuts and dancing with your brothers and sisters, laughing and telling the Lord how to run things up there! I will miss you.

  • September 12, 2014
    Deborah S. Sholes says:
    Mom, you are finally at peace and you will be missed. I hope I can be the mother you were to your 7 children. You have always been our rock!!!!